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The Pain Med Conundrum

The Pain Med Conundrum

Undertreating pain, we doctors are admonished, violates the basic ethical principles of medicine. On the other hand, we are lambasted for overprescribing pain medications, enabling addicts and creating an epidemic of overdose deaths. What are doctors to do?

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Storytelling in Medicine: the Passion and the Peril

Storytelling in Medicine: the Passion and the Peril

So much of medicine is about stories—the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we participate in—that it is no accident that doctors and nurses are attracted to stories.

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Getting the Diagnosis Right

Getting the Diagnosis Right

Every patient presents a wide chasm of possibilities that could be nothing, something, or something horrible. How do we get the diagnosis right?

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Interview about Technology and Medicine

Interview about Technology and Medicine

The editors of Generations--the Journal of the American Society on Aging--sat down with Danielle and asked her how technology is mixing with medicine. Everything from electronic medical records to home fitness monitors to how emotions can dominate even the most advanced technology.

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Racing the Diabetes Marathon

Racing the Diabetes Marathon

Diabetes can feel relentless and obstinate. Is there a toenail or ribosome out there that is not suffused by the tenacious diabetic tentacles?

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Fear of Dying Alone

Fear of Dying Alone

What if a patient dies and nobody is there to mourn? Is it like a tree falling soundlessly in the forest?

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Danielle’s TEDMED talk

Danielle’s TEDMED talk

Danielle's talk on medical error from TEDMED.

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Access to care

Access to care

“Doctor, it’s taken so long to get this appointment with you.” This is the opening line of so many medical visits these days, and I find myself constantly apologizing to my patients for the delay. Even though both the patients and I know that it’s a systemic issue, it’s still front and center in our…

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Ethics of Money in Medicine

Ethics of Money in Medicine

Just because money is a realistic consideration in medicine, doesn’t mean that we have to blindly accept all the consequences. There is a code of ethics in medicine that distinguishes it—or should distinguish it—from other businesses.

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My Patient Doesn’t “Do” Vaccines

My Patient Doesn’t “Do” Vaccines

When my patient told me that he doesn't "do" vaccines, I decided to try to understand his reasons,

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